In-person workshops are great, but sometimes just not possible due to timing, finances, or these days…COVID.
That doesn’t mean your photography learning has to come to a standstill, or that you can’t experience the energy and enthusiasm that comes from spending time with others who share your passion for photography. Thanks to Zoom and other virtual meeting platforms, you can still learn face-to-face with Alan to get all the photographic support you need…mask-free and without leaving home.
Whether it’s a custom private coaching session or a small group workshop highlighting a specific technique or approach, Alan is ready to meet you where you are and move you along on your photographic journey.
Small Group Sessions
For those who want to keep the cost down but the learning level high, consider joining one of Alan’s small group workshops. Limited to 5 participants, sessions are interactive and include plenty of time for questions and conversation.
Alan’s virtual workshops use Zoom to connect and each session is recorded so you can refer to the information over and over again. Choose from one of the following topics or get a group of photo buddies together and create your own session.
New! Darkroom Dodging and Burning…Getting the Upper Hand
In all his years of teaching, darkroom dodging and burning stands out to Alan as the one thing that seems universally intimidating to most students. Alan confesses to a little intimidation himself when he first watched Ansel Adams dodge and burn with the grace and fluidity of a ballet dancer. Ansel’s secrets…practice, confidence and using a metronome as his timer! A simpler formula, but one that works.
In this 30-minute virtual workshop, Alan will take you step-by-step through darkroom dodging and burning…from his favorite tools to using a metronome as a timer to his best tips and tricks for taking the fear out of the process and coaxing the richest tones possible out of your prints. $35 per person. Limited to 5 participants. Current schedule: Saturday, December 12th, 10 – 10:30 am, Mountain Time. [Full Description]
New! Intro to Variable Contrast Printing
Description and schedule coming January 2021
New! Advanced Film Testing
Description and schedule coming January 2021
Zooming in on the Zone System
Ansel Adams’ Zone System is possibly the most misunderstood photographic technique out there, and that’s a real shame. Used as originally intended by Ansel and his photo buddy Fred Archer, it’s a simple and foolproof way to put you in the driver’s seat when it comes to determining which tones are most important and how they will look in a final image. Isn’t the driver’s seat where you want to be when it comes to your own photographic expression?
In this virtual one-hour workshop, Alan will demystify and simplify the Zone System, showing you what an important tool it can be in the creation of an expressive image, film or digital. $50 per person. Limited to 5 participants. Current Schedule: Saturday, December 19th, 10 – 11 am, Mountain Time. [Full Description]
Bringing Your Image to Life
Let Alan show you how to make your images come alive in this 90-minute virtual workshop. Using an image of his own along with participant images, Alan will talk you through the tools and techniques he uses to transform an image, translating the literal to something more personal and expressive. Think of it as an image “makeover.” You’ll not only enjoy seeing what he can do with your image, you’ll learn how to post-process quickly and effectively by watching how he transforms other participant images. After the session, you’ll receive your edited image file. $75 per person. Limited to 5 participants. Current schedule: Sunday, December 20th, 10 – 11:30 am, Mountain Time. [Full Description.]
One of the few absolutes in photography is exposure…blow out your highlights or lose your shadow detail and you won’t have the raw material you need to “play” with and interpret your image. Spend too long agonizing over how to calculate your exposure and your scene might be gone.
In 60 minutes, Alan will “expose” all you need to know to nail your exposures efficiently and accurately, time and time again. $50 per person. Limited to 5 participants. Current Schedule: New sessions starting January 2021. [Full Description.]
Introduction to Selective Masking
Selective Masking is a hands-free dodging-and-burning darkroom printing technique Alan developed to give him absolute tonal control of even the small detail without the fuss and precision of pin registration. At its simplest, Selective Masking is just a low-tech pencil and paper job; at its more complex, it can involve multiple digital masks created in Photoshop. Either approach can make previously difficult or nearly impossible-to-print negatives printable.
In this one-hour interactive workshop, Alan will take you through the basics step-by-step, showing you what a simple mask can do to make your printing easier and your images more nuanced and rich. $50 per person. Limited to 5 participants. Current Schedule: New sessions coming January 2021. [Full Description.]
Selective Masking…The Next Step
Selective Masking is a hands-free dodging and burning darkroom printing technique Alan developed to help him bring out the most nuanced range of tones in an image. It’s especially useful with difficult-to-print negatives or those that require simultaneous dodging and burning in multiple areas. At its simplest, Selective masking uses just pencil and paper; at its more complex, it can involve multiple digital masks created in Photoshop.
In this 60-minute follow-up to Intro to Selective Masking, Alan introduces you to basic digital masking, taking you step-by-step through the process of creating a digital mask in Photoshop and using it to get the most out of an image. $50 per person. Limited to 5 participants. Current Schedule: New sessions coming January 2021. [Full Description]
Black-and-White Film Testing
Ted Orland, Ansel Adams’ assistant before Alan, made the humorous observation that no two light meters agree. We might get a good chuckle out of it, but it’s really important to understand just how true it actually is and how it affects your photographic results.
The reality is that the film speed listed on the box is determined by scientific factors that may not actually apply to evaluating a scene using a light meter, let alone your own light meter. If you want to know you”ll have a useable image when you click the shutter instead of hoping for the best, you need to test your film.
Join Alan for an hour as he explores the essentials for testing your film and developing your own person film speed and development times. $50 per person. Limited to. 5 participants. Current Schedule: New sessions coming January 2021. [Full Description]
The Magic of Black-and-White
By its very nature, black-and-white is an abstraction of reality. In this engaging one-hour workshop, Alan will share how he “sees” in black-and-white, explore what makes a successful black-and-white image, and show you his favorite tips and techniques for converting your images to black-and-white and creating a tonally rich final image. $50 per person. Limited to 5 participants. Current schedule: New sessions coming January 2021. [Full Description.]
Visualization…Where an Expressive Image Begins
Simply put, visualization is where imagination meets technique. It’s the ability to picture a final image in your mind before releasing the shutter. Then it’s possessing the technical know-how to create the image that’s in your mind, even if it differs drastically from the reality of what’s in front of you.
To Alan’s way of thinking, visualization is the single most important element in creating an expressive image.
Join him for an hour of examples and conversation about just what visualization is and how to start visualizing your own images…taking your photography beyond a snapshot to something personal and expressive. Something that tells a story or shares a little something of what you think or feel. $50 per person. Limited to 5 participants. Current Schedule: New sessions coming January 2021. [Full Description]
For those who don’t need specific help or instruction, but still want feedback on their images, to talk about photography, get answers or clarification on anything photography related, recharge their artistic batteries…this FREE OF CHARGE session might be for you. One Sunday each month, Alan will be available for an informal photography “zoom-in.” Stay as long as you like, ask as many questions as you need answers to, and enjoy the camaraderie of being with others who share your passion for photography. Current schedule: Sunday, December 13th, 10 – 11:30 Mountain Time. [Sign Up]
If you’re someone who works best one-on-one, join Alan for a private online workshop tailored specifically to your needs and interests. Image editing, problem solving, exposure help…Alan can help. $150 for 90 minutes, additional time billed in 1/2 hour increments. For more detailed information and to schedule your session, click here.